2011-08-19 / Top Stories

Community Protests Meeks’ Debt Vote

By Howard Schwach


Queens residents protest outside the Jamaica office of Congressman Gregory Meeks last week. Queens residents protest outside the Jamaica office of Congressman Gregory Meeks last week. A number of community groups rallied last Friday at the Jamaica district offices of Congressman Gregory Meeks, to protest his support of the recent debt ceiling deal.

Meeks was the sole New York City House of Representatives Democrat who supported the measure, which contemplates unprecedented cuts to valuable social programs like Medicare, opponents say.

The community members, coordinated by UnitedNY, waited inside Meeks’ office.

Organizers for UnitedNY say that they are a new organization that seeks to build grass roots support for issues that impact everyday New Yorkers. Meeks’ aides, told the demonstrators that the Congressman was en route from JFK airport, where he was returning from Florida. When Meeks arrived at his office, he was met with the concerns of residents, including some from the Rockaway peninsula. When asked why he was the only Democrat from the city to support the debt ceiling deal, Meeks said he thought his vote would help House Democrats to become part of the decision making process, and blamed others for creating factions.

Many of his constituents indicated that they were not satisfied with the fact that Meeks blamed others and did not taking personal responsibility for his vote on the debt ceiling deal.

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They should start a new

They should start a new protest, demanding that Meeks do time for his "loan".


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